BALTIMORE – The Oxon Hill boys won last spring’s Class 3A state track and field championship with little trouble. In fact, the Clippers routed the rest of the field. They liked it so much that they repeated the process last week. The Charles H. Flowers’ girls did the same thing. Oxon Hill won its second […]
BALTIMORE – The Oxon Hill boys won last spring’s Class 3A state track and field championship with little trouble. In fact, the Clippers routed the rest of the field.
They liked it so much that they repeated the process last week. The Charles H. Flowers’ girls did the same thing.
Oxon Hill won its second consecutive state title Saturday – and the sixth in program history – with a strong performance at the MPSSAA Track and Field Championship meet held at Morgan State University.
The Clippers finished with 89 points, beating out Oakdale (66.5), Poly (40) and Northeast of Anne Arundel (40). This year’s margin of victory wasn’t quite as significant as last year’s – that one was 108-55, also over Oakdale – but felt just as good as the Clippers turned in another solid effort.
The Clippers also won the state titles in 1956, 1980, 1981 and 2006 before taking the crown once again last year.
They took command with success in a small group of events. Oxon Hill won the 400-meter relay in 42.76 while also taking the 800-meter relay (1:29.31) and the 3,200-meter relay (7:49.14, state record). That was 30 points right there, more than the margin of victory over Oakdale.
Aaron Robinson and Gary Ross finished one-two in the open 400. Robinson won in a time of 47.81, narrowly beating out Ross (47.99).
However, that wasn’t an issue for Ross. He came back and scored a victory in the 800-meter, which he won in 1:52.62.
The Clippers also posted points in the two hurdle races. Daniel George finished second in the 110 hurdles in 14.48, just behind winner Will Henderson of Poly (14.39), who was able to pull it out late. Caleb Jordan took third in that event.
George bounced back after the second-place finish to win the 300 hurdles in a time of 37.98.
Meanwhile, the Lady Jaguars finished with 85 points to beat Northwest by nine and Bowie by 18. Last year, it was a 37.5-point margin of victory, but the Jaguars still came away with back-to-back championships.
They used a formula similar to Oxon Hill – a lot of success in a few different events. Pharist O’Neal took first in both the 100-meter (11.92) and 200-meter dashes (24.91), while teammate Collese Daley finished in the top spot in the 400-meter competition (56.18).
Much like Oxon Hill, the Jaguars did well in the relays. They won the 400-meter relay in 47.83 and took the 1,600-meter relay in 3:54.81. Overall, that was five first-place finishes, which accounted for 50 of the team’s 85 points.
The Bowie girls turned in a strong effort en route to taking third overall. The Lady Bulldogs got a first place finish in the 800 relay (1:41.69) to go along with an impressive win from Lorinda Bangura in the shot put, who made a throw of 37 feet. That tied Bayli Smith of Howard; however Bangura won the tie-breaker.
Candus Burks won the triple jump (39-5) to give Bowie 10 more points.
Another strong individual effort for the boys came from Kollin Smith of Frederick Douglass. He won the 110 hurdles (14.70), the 300 hurdles (39.04) and the long jump (23-5.5). Scoring 30 points proved to be an instrumental reason in why Douglass finished with 41 points and in fourth place overall in Class 2A.